Owner, 1985-Present. Wrote, edited and desktop published for clients. Wrote and submitted public relations material for volunteer organizations. Organized and taught Community Education and Hill Country Arts Foundation Point Theatre workshops on storytelling, public relations, computers and firearms. Edited three novels, The Interim and Royal's Demons by Chris Earl and The Entrepreneur by Hans Schlunegger.
Hill Country CARES (Formerly Hill Country Crisis Council)
IT Services Coordinator, 2007-2008. Implement the agency conversion from paper recordkeeping to the ClientTrack database, including modifying the basic ClientTrack system to HC CARES standards. Manage database information entry into the system. Conduct local data entry training. Advise management concerning recordkeeping. Write and maintain reports for all the grants with data requirements. Serve as the agency first echelon resource in computer and internet needs.
Editor, 2006-2007. Edit accepted manuscripts according to Chippewa style. Monitor the novels progress through the publication process. Coordinate with author concerning edits and required submissions. Read submitted manuscripts and recommend acceptance or rejection with comments.
Arrowhead Gun Shop
Manager, 2004-2006. Sold firearms and associated equipment and supplies. Monitored merchandise and ordered replacement and special order items from suppliers. Received new merchandise into the store inventory and entered firearms into the bound book. Recorded the transfer of inventory to and from a sister store in San Antonio. Inventoried firearms and other merchandise. Oversaw the receipt, repair, and return of firearms taken in for gunsmithing and the storage of items in layaway. Packaged and shipped firearms and other merchandise for transfer and warranty repair. Conducted NICS background checks and insured that firearm sales met Federal requirements. Opened and closed the computerized Armsware storefront and balanced the registers at the end of the day.
Texas Catholic Boys Camp
Riflery Program Leader, 2004. Ran the camp rifle range during the 3 two-week summer sessions insuring a safe experience for the campers, who were eight to fourteen year-old boys. Taught up to 24 campers at a time to safely and accurately shoot .22 rimfire rifles on the 50-foot range. Supervised the camp counselors while they were on the range. Administered the riflery awards program.
Elliott Insurance Associates
Agent, 2002-2003. Quoted and sold insurance policies and interacted with clients to maintain a large base of existing policies. Assisted other employees and agents in the transition from a greenscreen AS-400 system to the Internet-based Farmers Dashboard system.
United American Insurance
Independent Agent, 2002. As a licensed life and health insurance agent entered into a contract to sell policies for United American Insurance.
Research Dynamics, Inc.
Technical Writer, 1997-2001. Designed, wrote, edited and published user manuals, help files and other contract documents for Air Force environmental databases. Proofread and edited company documents written by others. Led the company website redesign team. Edited and published the internal quarterly newsletter. Developed a template and wrote style procedures to standardize MS Word document design. Used MS Access databases to write and assemble software test plan procedures. Authored an MS Access database to track new programming requirements.
Technical Contractor, 1997. Worked for Aerotek clients on a temporary contract basis. While working for Research Dynamics, Inc. wrote software design documents, user manuals and help files for seven related environmental database programs. After ten months RDI hired me as a permanent employee.
Hill Country Youth Ranch
Outreach Coordinator, 1989-1996. Wrote and desktop published a newsletter and other materials. Represented the child care facility to the media and public and coordinated with local social service agencies with an emphasis on children's agencies. Maintained 10,000-name donor database and other computer records, and designed computer spreadsheets and databases for other staff members. Participated in group meetings, operated the Ranch Computer Vocational Education Center, and participated in daily activities involving the 65 formerly abused children living at the Ranch.
Named a lifetime member of the Ranch in 1993.
Hill Country Crisis Council
Outreach Coordinator, 1984-1989. Helped establish the first training course and provided rape crisis instruction for each volunteer training course. Charter member of the Board of Directors from 1984-1988. As a volunteer advocate, provided in-office and telephone rape intervention and family violence counseling, and provided advocacy for clients. Spoke before local groups about the HCCC, crisis intervention, sexual assault and family violence. Became the paid Outreach Coordinator in April 1988. Coordinated an outreach effort resulting in contracts with organizations in Fredericksburg and Boerne for provision of services there.
Resident Engineer, 1977-1985. Supervised and inspected all phases of major construction projects. Provided contract administration and coordinated the activities of Medical Center personnel, contractors and the VA Office of Construction, Washington, D.C. Made contract changes within my fiscal authority.
United States Army
Infantry Officer, 1969-1990. Served four years active duty as Training Officer, Personnel Officer, Platoon Leader, and Recruiting Officer. Served in combat in Vietnam. Awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star with "V" and Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Stars and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with two Palms. Retired from U.S. Army Reserve, 1990.
Edison High School, San Antonio
1962-1965. Graduate, class of 1965. National Honor Society, Literary Club and National Merit finalist. Lettered with the acappella choir.
Texas A&M University
1965-1969,1973-1977. Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in history, 1969. Army ROTC scholarship and commission, 1969. Bachelor of science in sociology, 1976. Alpha Kappa Delta honor society. Master of Architecture in construction management, 1977. Tau Sigma Delta honor society. Lettered twice with the Singing Cadets.
United States Army
Infantry Officer, 1969-1990. Graduated Ranger School, Infantry Officer Basic and Infantry Officer Advanced Courses. Awarded Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star w/ V Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, various service and unit citations. Served in Vietnam 1970-1971. Served on active duty with The Infantry School, the 197th Infantry Brigade, the First Cavalry Division, and the Second Armored Division. Retired in 1990 as a major.
I have won more than 40 awards at state level, and four national awards, in the Press Women of Texas and National Federation of Press Women communications contests. They include awards for short stories, technical manuals, newsletter editing, speeches, news writing, editorials, media kits, newsletter layout, web pages and websites.
Zumaya Publications (http://www.zumayapublications.com) has published my first novel, The Mark of Abel. I have published more than a dozen short stories. I won five unpublished fiction awards from the Golden Triangle Writers Guild.
As a member of the Texas Department of Health Evidence Collection Project Committee I helped write the first Texas Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Protocol.
I have used Microsoft Word, first on Macintosh then IBM, since 1983. I have worked with IBM systems including DOS, Windows 3.x, and Windows 95, 2000, and XP since 1989, using Word, Pagemaker, RoboHelp, FrontPage, Arachnophilia, Excel, Access, and Paint Shop Pro.
Press Women of Texas, 1987-Present. Served in district and chapter offices and as state Vice President for Professional Development. I am currently Bylaws Coordinator. Co-chaired the Edith Fox King High School Communications Contest three times. PWT is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women.
Kerrville Writers Alliance, 1985-Present. Participate in twice-monthly reading and critiquing sessions with a dozen authors, many of whom are published. Serving as co-chair of the organization.
I have worked with IBM systems since 1989, including DOS, Windows 3.x, 95, 2000, and XP since 1989, using Word, PageMaker, RoboHelp, FrontPage, Arachnophilia, Excel, Access, Help Project Editor, and Paint Shop Pro. I currently use Windows Office 2007.
I have won more than 40 awards at state level, and four national awards, in the Texas Professional Communicators and National Federation of Press Women communications contests, including awards for newswriting, editorials, media kits, newsletter layout, and web pages. I have taught computer classes for community education and other organizations, and ran a Computer Learning Center for emotionally disturbed children. I worked as a Technical Writer, and consistently won state and national awards for user manuals and help files.
I desktop published with Macs from 1983 to 1997, with Microsoft Word, File updated to Access, and Multiplan updated to Excel. I added PageMaker and a scanner in 1984.
I have been an NRA basic firearms instructor since 1982. I am a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Hunter Education Master Instructor. I have been a Texas Department of Public Safety Concealed Handgun Instructor since the program started in 1995. I have been a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman instructor, and currently teach Women on Target classes. During military service I was an Infantry Basic Combat Training officer.
I am a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association. I am a charter member and a director of the Texas Concealed Handgun Association. I have been a member of the Kerrville Buck and Bull Club since 1983.